18th Annual Life Chain October 2, 2016

A group of about 30 committed pro-life advocates from the Blue Water Area joined together in Marine City for the 18th Annual Life Chain. Standing along   M-29 their signs silently reminded passers-by of the sanctity of life.

Life Chain 2016 2
Life Chain 2016 2






Life Chain 2016
Life Chain 2016

Who Should I Vote For?

Do you feel confused about who to vote for? As a Christian who cares deeply about the sanctity of life, feel free to use the attached document  from the Priests for Life website, www.politicalresponsibility. com. This document compares the 2016 platforms of the two major political parties. It may help you decide where to place your most important vote.                                                                                     

Get on the Bus!

Just a reminder that St. Clair County Right to Life is sponsoring a bus to the annual March for Life in Washington, D. C. Although the bus in not yet filled, and there is no snow on the ground, before you know it, both will be true. This trip includes 2 nights lodging in Washington and a meal on the night of arrival. If you and your group plan to attend the March for Life, use the attached materials and make your reservations this month.  Click here to download registration flyer.

St. Clair County Right to Life Banquet

The annual St. Clair County Right to Life Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:30pm at the McGivney Banquet Center on the corner of Range and Ravenswood Roads in Kimball Twp. MI. This year’s keynote speaker will be Edward L. Rivet II. Ed is the Legislative Director for Right to Life of Michigan, serving as the liaison between Right to Life and Michigan’s state government. In this critical election year, Ed will deliver the message we all need to hear.  To make a reservation, contact us at:

4348 Pine Grove Ave
Fort Gratiot, MI 48059                                                            edrivet2012
(810) 334-0154

Primary Voting August 2nd

Voters in the State of Michigan will be voting on August 2nd, to narrow the list of candidates running for office to be voted on in November. If you plan to vote for pro-life candidates but don’t know who all of them are, you can go to www.rtl.org and print out your own personalized list of prolife candidates to take with you to the polls.

March for Life Bus Info

St. Clair County Right to Life will be sending a bus to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. this winter.  Click on the link, “BusFlyer.full” to bring up all the information for your group. Hope you will be joining us.

Bus Flyer.full

An example for the nation

For years, a terrible scandal about children conceived in rape was that parental rights laws did not consider situations when the conception was not consensual. That meant the rapist could request, and receive, full parental rights if the child was brought to term. At times this was used by rapists and their lawyers to pressure women bringing charges to abort their children, by threatening to file for parental rights, thus keeping the rapist in the woman’s life through the child.

This injustice was rectified by the Michigan Legislature recently. House Bill 4481 and Senate Bill 629 were passed and reconciled, and sent to Governor Snyder to be signed into law on May 3rd, 2016. Under this law, women can have the parental rights of rapists terminated using much more reasonable criteria. This will remove this lever that has been used to pressure women, and enable them to escape further difficulties in an already difficult situation.

Further details about the bill can be found on Right to Life of Michigan’s website here.

Area legislators Rep Andrea LaFontaine, Rep Dan Lauwers, and Sen Phil Pavlov voted for the bill. Rep Muxlow supported the bill but was unable to vote for it being disabled by a serious accident at the time the vote was taken in the House. We thank all our area legislators for their staunch pro-life support. It is our hope that Michigan’s new law will prove an example for other states to implement.

March for Life 2017 details almost finalized!

It may seem early, but we’re already making plans for next January. St. Clair County Right to Life will be sponsoring a bus to go from the Blue Water Area to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life on January 27th, 2017. We have a bus lined up and hotel rooms reserved. Full details can be found on our event page here, and though it might seem a bit early, we’re taking registrations for any who want to secure their spot.

If you want to publicize the trip, here is a link to a flyer you can download and print.

Get on the bus for Washington, D.C.!

Legislator Interview – Sen. Phil Pavlov

State Sen. Phil Pavlov at his July 29 town hall meeting. (Photo by JIM BLOCH)
State Sen. Phil Pavlov at his July 29 town hall meeting. (Photo by JIM BLOCH)

We interviewed Sen. Phil Pavlov from the 25th Senate district, which covers all of St. Clair County.

SCCRTL: Have you seen much pro-life activity in the Senate this past year?

Sen. Pavlov: Two very important bills that I sponsored are bills that banned the sale of fetal tissue and fetal body parts. We’ve had our first committee hearing on those, they were voted out and await full consideration on the Senate floor. We’re pushing for a hearing date before Easter break.

SCCRTL: When the Center for Medical Progress released their undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling fetal body parts for profit, you were swift to speak out against the practice. Why was that?

Pavlov: Because I thought it was the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen on film. We had suspected this had been going on for a number of years, but now we were seeing it for the first time. So not only did we move to ban the sale of any kind of tissue through legislation, we also pressed the department of licensing and regulation to do a complete accounting of these Planned Parenthood clinics to make sure this isn’t happening in Michigan. We got back some information, but we’re not done, and we’re going to continue to press on this.

SCCRTL: Speaking from your years of experience in the House and Senate, what would you say is the biggest obstacle to the passage and implementation of pro-life laws at the state level?

Pavlov: Sometimes politics gets involved. When I was back in the House, we had a pro-life majority that consisted of both Republicans and Democrats, and we worked together on things like the partial birth abortion ban. Looking forward, this governor has not been dialed in on some of these social issues, which has been a little disappointing. But the politics changes. Right now in the Senate, the issue is split down party lines. This issue has divided our country, and we need to engage the grass roots to move support to more a pro-life stand.

SCCRTL: What are your plans for the future?

Pavlov: I’m in the middle of a very competitive run for Congress to replace Rep. Candice Miller, who is retiring. We’re gaining a lot of momentum throughout the district, and my hope is that we can take this fight for the unborn to Washington.

SCCRTL: Do you have anything to say to your pro-life constituents?

Pavlov: Stay engaged. One of the things that helps us is the tailwind, knowing that pro-life voters are engaged. I’ve seen a big swell in the youth, which is good. I just did an event up in Bad Axe, and there were maybe 40 youth there. We need to get these young people voting.

It is critical to have people contacting our office to express support. Hearing from home and knowing that we have that support strengthens our vote here in Lansing. Everybody has a cell phone, everyone has a social media account – engage your friends in this, and let’s move that support.

Sen. Pavlov’s office can be reached at (517) 373-7708, or e-mail at http://www.senatorphilpavlov.com